Fans are eagerly waiting for the Australian Open 2021 when Roger Federer will step foot on the court after a year. The Swiss Maestro is practicing really hard to make an incredible comeback. Apart from tennis, fans just love to read about Federer and his journey as a tennis player.
In a recent interview, Federer revealed how he picked up the tennis racquet for the very first time and spoke about his very first match too. Interestingly, it all started for the 20-time Grand Slam winner at the backyard of his friend’s house.
“I think in my world that I grew up in Switzerland, education always comes first and sports wasn’t really a way of life. But then, I remember playing badminton or ping pong or tennis, in the backyard of my friend’s house. We were like, ‘and the winner of Wimbledon is Roger Federer!’… So I think I was dreaming of winning the Wimbledon,” began Federer.
Federer was clearly feeling nostalgic. It started with a dream for him, and now he has accomplished it all.
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“Thankfully, I chose tennis” – Roger Federer
The 39-year-old also disclosed one of the tough choices he made at the beginning of his career. He had an enormous love for both tennis and football but had to pick only one.
“Playing against the wall, playing doubles with my parents… Realizing that tennis had so much more to it than just hitting a ball. I also played football, never looked back. I always enjoyed it, but eventually, I had to take a decision if it was gonna be football or tennis. Thankfully, I chose tennis,” said Federer with a big smile.
Surely, it was a great decision to choose tennis. Otherwise, people would have missed the skills of a great magician on the court.
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“Lost my first match 6-0, 6-0”- The Swiss Maestro
Federer also unveiled his first-ever tennis match experience and how he became the junior champion at the age of 12.
“My first ever match, I lost 6-0, 6-0. I heard some rumors that maybe, ‘he was not that good like we thought he was’. I kept on practicing hard. I started playing more tournaments. I started to become more successful, even as a junior. Nationally, I became a junior Swiss champion when I was 12 years old,” added Federer.
The Swiss Maestro even shared an intriguing anecdote after he became a junior champion. “I was joking, put up a sign on the wall that said, ‘Junior World Champion lives here’. We were leaving the next day. The Swiss junior team, like when they knocked on the door, on my, sort of, dorm, everybody was laughing,” concluded Federer with a laugh.
Federer has undoubtedly proved all his doubters wrong and has become one of the greatest of all time in the history of the sport. He is truly an ambassador of tennis. Fans will surely want him to lift his 21st Grand Slam title in 2021 and make many new records.